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Posted On: 7th Mar 2013

Eating Disorders Film on ITV

Fixers meet with Fixers creative resources producer
Filming day in Newcastle
Fixer Jane O'Mahoney

A group of girls from Newcastle, who have all battled with eating disorders for years, want to more people to understand that eating disorders are serious mental health conditions.

 

Their story was broadcast on ITV News Tyne Tees in March 2013.

 

Jane O'Mahoney and fellow Fixers Erin Ruddick and Samira Jay Jamil feel illnesses like anorexia or bulimia are often incorrectly associated with vanity.

 

They believe better awareness among the public will help lift the stigma.

 

'We are hoping to challenge the stereotype that eating disorders only affect young girls who want to lose weight to look like celebrities in the magazines,' explains lead Fixer Jane.

 

Jane, now 22, has been affected by anorexia and bulimia over the past seven years.

 

'A contributing factor for me was going to a competitive school, where I felt there was tremendous peer pressure to be amazing at all the subjects you studied.'

 

Speaking about her experience with eating disorders, she says: 'I was angry with food, as ridiculous as that sounds. Because I didn’t want to eat it, I would binge on it. That was the worst part of it for me, the binge eating. You would just hate yourself.'

 

Fellow Fixers Erin Ruddick (22) and Samira Jay Jamil (21) have both had eating disorders as well, and want to use their personal experience to help others better recognise the warning signs.

 

'I believe many people suffer but are too scared to come forward, but if the condition was identified in individuals earlier, it would be easier to treat,' says Erin.

 

'With Fixers we are hoping to show people that you can get help, you can get better.'

 

Click here to read about the eating disorders presentation they created for their Fixers campaign.

 

Author: N. Farooq

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